Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Maple Syrup Madness- Feb. 25 – March 10. Saturday public tours 2 p.m., Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays 1 to 4 p.m., It’s here, that time of year when we tap the sugar maples and indulge in the sugary goodness of maple syrup! Discover how sap is collected and processed to produce this scrumptious treat as you walk the self guided trail. End your journey at the Log Cabin where sap is boiled down and all are given a delicious sample of homemade syrup. FREE, meet at the Log Cabin.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. More more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Central Ohio Home & Garden Show - Columbus. The gardens will be redesigned this year with a new format and themed to incorporate a party atmosphere! Honored with the highly prestigious “Show of the Year,” awarded by the National Association of Consumer Shows, the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show is renowned for its breathtaking live gardens, HGTV talent appearances, cooking demonstrations and interactive home and garden features and more than 400 exhibitors and attractions. Feb. 25 - March 4, at the Ohio Expo Center. Show hours are: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday-Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Closed Monday, Feb. 27. Tickets are $12 at the door for adults with special $10 admission after 5 p.m. every day. $10 advance discount tickets are available at all area Kroger stores through Feb. 24. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is $5. Visit www.ohioexpocenter.com for complete schedule.
Beginning Knitting and Felting - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join instructor Monique Theoret from 1- 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, as we teach you the first basic stitch and make a small swatch that we felt into a coaster. You’ll learn how to cast off and bind off. Bring size 10 or 11 needles, a skein of Lamb’s Pride or Cascade yarn, a small towel and gallon size Ziploc bag. $5 per adult.
Let’s Get Ready for the Bluebirds! - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join the folks at Ohio Nature Education from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, as we prepare for this spring and summer’s nesting season. We’ll briefly discuss cavity nesters who visit nest boxes then head out to reposition and install some boxes on Taft Reserve. Dress for the weather with sturdy shoes and grab some gloves. FREE!
Using Your Backyard Herbs - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join Wendy Flesch of Cottage Creek from 1 - 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, as she discusses simple ways of incorporating herbs into your daily routines such as making herbal teas, bath blends , and kitchen seasonings. $5 per adult.
Backyard Gardening Classes - Newark. Newark Library will continue a series of backyard gardening classes for beginners with four sessions in the month of March led by volunteers from the Master Gardeners program. The classes welcome gardeners of all levels of experience, but will focus on basic, sustainable practices that can be used by anyone, anywhere. Topics to be covered include: Growing Vegetables 101 with Paula McDonald on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 pm; Seed Starting with Carol Edmister on Saturday, March 17 at 1 pm; Growing Tomatoes with Dick Baltisberger on March 22 at 6:30 pm; and Composting and Soil Composition with Bob Wulhforst on Saturday, March 31 at 1 pm. The first session will be held in the library’s second floor conference room. All other sessions will take place in Meeting Room B at the Newark Library. For more information call 740.349.5553 or visit the CSI desk on the first floor of the library. Space is limited so call or stop by to reserve a spot prior to class dates. This event is free and open to the public.
Baked Steak Dinner - Buckeye Lake. Stop by the Buckeye Lake Fire Station from 4 - 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, for a delicious baked steak dinner. Cost is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children/seniors. Carryout is available by calling 740-928-3473.
“ Citing Your Sources” - Newark. Licking County Genealogical Society meets on Sunday, March 4, in the first floor meeting room at the Newark Libary. The program is presented by Deborah Lichtner Deal, OGS Trustee. Meetings are free and open to the public For more information call the LCGS Library at 740- 349-5510
Teen Games Night - Buckeye Lake. Join us at the new Buckeye Lake Library from 5 - 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month for Teen Games Night. There will be a variety of games for teens in grades 6-12 to play plus snacks
Furniture-Making Talk - Lancaster.
Lancaster furniture maker Kerry Pierce will present a lecture at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St., Lancaster on Sunday, February 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. The talk, titles “Shop-Making vs. Factory Made,” will explore the use of simple machines in 19th-century furniture-making. Starting in the early 1800s, the use of powered machinery like the circular saw became standard practice even in the most stylish custom shops. Discover the differences between items manufactured by the hundreds in factories and items made one at a time by highly skilled workmen. Pierce will use historic furniture in the collection at the Reese-Peters House as examples during this presentation. Cost is $10 for members of the Center and $12 for non-members. For more information about the Center and to register for the February 27 event, go to decartsohio.org or call (740) 681-1423.
Faculty Recitals - Denison University, Granville. Damien Mahiet and guest artist Angela Early, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). Tom Carroll, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.denison.edu
“ The Big Easy Minstrel” - Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents “The Big Easy Minstrel” at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium. The minstrel style musical review is directed by Mark A. Severance, and Rodney Helser. Assistant musical director for the second half will be Steve Mohler. In the first half, the chorus and soloists will have a Mardi gras look, and feature New Orleans jazz intermixed with jokes by our endmen and women. The second half includes the Spiritual Choir and various groups either singing or dancing. Everyone participates in the Grand Finale. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets cost $8 and reservations are requested. Call (740) 467-3217 or visit www.millersportcommunitytheatre.com.
“Play It Again, Sam” - Newark. The Ohio State University at Newark’s theatre department presents Woody Allen’s “Play It Again, Sam” for its winter 2012 show. The show will run Thurs- day through Saturday, March 1, 2, and 3; and again on March 8, 9, and 10. Tickets are $3 for students and $4 for the general public; curtain is at 8 p.m. “Play it again, Sam,” is a famous misquotation from the movie Casablanca, in which Humphrey Bogart achieved cinematic immortality. As an exceedingly memorably line, however, it was an obvious choice for the title of Woody Allen’s 1969 play, which Allen later transformed into a movie.